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HISTORY

Broc comes from a Dirt Track background with a swag of titles to his name from his first at the tender age of 5. His first foray into the world of road racing came at the age of 16 in 1998 on a Honda RS125 Grand Prix bike. In this first year Broc won every Championship he entered and quickly got an enviable reputation around the pits as the one to beat. In 1999 Broc again swept all comers aside in the Australian National series and had his first taste of World Championship racing in the Australian Round of the 125 Grand Prix World Championships.

In 2000 Broc accepted an offer from Moriwaki Engineering to pilot a Honda VTR 1000 in the All Japan X Formula series, with the added bonus of a ride in the prestigious Suzuka 8hour endurance race.

2001 was Broc's rookie year in the World Superbike Championship. With Wayne Gardner as his new Manager, Broc rode for the Ducati Scuderia NCR team.

Broc demonstrated that in the rain he can run with the best, robbed of a podium finish by nothing more than a bolt holding on the gearshift and finishing the season 16th.

For 2002 Broc continued with the Ducati Scuderia NCR team with the addition of sponsorship from Parmalat and tyres from Pirelli.

Unfortunately even with the Parmalat support resources were tight and Broc had to ride conservatively, but still finished 11th.

For 2003 Broc joined the Honda family and moved to Supersport with the Belguim based BKM team with full factory support from Dunlop. Lack of funds saw the team fold before the end of the year.

2004 saw Broc again with Honda. This time he was with Ten Kate where he ended the year in 2nd spot.

2005 through to 2008 saw Broc aboard a Yamaha R6 with the Yamaha Germany squad alongside fellow Aussie Kevin Curtain and tehn Frenchman Fabien Foret. 2005 was a difficult year although Broc ended the season on a high with a win. 2006 saw Broc right in there with a shot at the title until a nasty crash at Assen which effectively ended his title hopes. 2007 agian saw Broc get a rough start with a series of DNF's. But 4 podiums from the last 6 races including 2 wins saw him climb back to a very creditable overall 2nd.

A new bike in 2008 which saw some gremlins during mid season again dashed Broc's title hopes. In 2009 Broc returned to the Superbike category with Paul Bird Motorsports Kawasaki team and in 2010 has moved onto a CBR1000RR Honda with the Echo CRS Grand Prix team, who moved up from Supersports this year.

In August 2010 Broc had a phone call from the Kawasaki World Supersport team asking him to test the bike at Almeria and stand in for the injured Joan Lascorz for the remainder of the season. Having just split with Echo CRS Honda the test went well and Broc remained a Kawasaki rider for the rest of 2010 and throughout 2011, once again Broc had a competitive bike which enabled him to secure podiums, demonstrate his talent and achieve the results he is known for. Winning in Misano in June, Broc went on to take 5 podiums and 3 pole positions.

In 2012 Broc rejoined the most successful team in world supersport racing - Ten Kate Honda - a partnership that Broc hoped would deliver a world championship. In a 1-rider team and with little development all season that wasn’t to be but Broc took the Honda to 3 podium finishes and 3 pole positions, ending the season in 5th place after battling with the factory Kawasaki’s at every round. This takes Broc’s World Supersport career tally to 32 podiums in 95 races, a 1 in 3 strike rate along with 17 pole positions.

2013 saw a move to World Endurance with the Monster Energy Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART) and also FXSuperbike in Australia.  Broc won the Australian Championship at his first attempt and only missed out on the World Endurance Championship when the engine let go from a championship winning position at the final round.

In demand in 2014 Broc was snapped up again by the Paul Bird Motorsport team to finally secure a ride in the premier class or motorcycle racing and spent a successful season in MotoGP riding the in-house PBM bike and ending the season as highest private team rider. In 2015 Broc embarks on a new challenge in the prestigious British Superbike Championship with the Milwaukee Yamaha team. When seats became available the rider they choose to challenge in every session, every race and for Championship victory, is Broc Parkes.